Federal Student Aid is required to collect signatures from you and a parent (if applicable) to verify the information entered on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
There are three ways to sign:
- Electronically with a PIN
- By printing, signing, and mailing a signature page after you submit the FAFSA
- By signing your Student Aid Report (SAR) and returning it in the mail
TIP: The application process is faster if you use your PIN to sign your application electronically.
If you already have a PIN you can use it to sign your FAFSA from one year to the next.
If you have lost or forgotten your PIN you need to request a duplicate. You can request a duplicate PIN by clicking Request A Duplicate PIN on the left side of the PIN Home Page. You must answer your challenge question in order to request a duplicate PIN.
If you do not already have a PIN, you have several options to apply for one:
Apply for a PIN while filling out your FAFSA. You can select one of the following PIN delivery methods:
- Instantly select or view your PIN online. You can use it right away to sign your FAFSA.
- Receive an e-mail with the PIN immediately. You can use it right away to sign your FAFSA.
- Access the Federal Student Aid PIN Web site at www.pin.ed.gov and click Apply For A PIN. You may select one of the following PIN delivery methods:
- Instantly select or view your PIN online.
- Receive an e-mail with the PIN immediately.
Note: A PIN is considered to be conditional until your information is verified with the Social Security Administration (1-3 days from the date you first apply). You may use your PIN to sign an initial FAFSA, and participate in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data retrieval and transfer process. Once we complete this verification, you will be able to use your PIN for other purposes (such as correcting your FAFSA or accessing other Federal Student Aid Web sites).
If you are dependent, one of your parents will also need a PIN. Your parent can apply for a PIN using one of the methods described above.
Keep in mind that you only have to apply for a PIN one time. You can use the same PIN each year, speeding up the time it takes for your FAFSA to be processed. Your parents (if you are a dependent student) can use their PIN each year, too, and can even use their PIN to sign FAFSAs for your siblings.
If you submitted a FAFSA without a signature, you need to provide it to complete the submission process. Once you have your PIN you can sign your FAFSA electronically by clicking the Login button on the home page and logging into FAFSA on the Web.
If you do not have a printer but have a PIN, you can sign your FAFSA electronically using your PIN instead of printing and submitting a signature page.
If you do not have a printer or a PIN you can select the signature option Submit Without Signatures and submit your FAFSA. Your application will be partially processed without signatures. If you provide a valid e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail reminding you to return to the FAFSA and sign your application electronically using your PIN. If you do not provide a valid e-mail address, you will receive a SAR in the mail, within 7 to 10 days. The signatures required will be noted on the SAR. Return the SAR with the signatures to complete the application.